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There are 3 Kx's to my right, but only 2 stiff T/9's to my left. I play like my grandma would have played it.
April 4, 2012
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Congrats Gavin!
Get as much sleep as you can!
April 3, 2012
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I'm forcing to game. Two aces, a singleton and a likely 9 card fit?
Even opposite, xx KQxxx KQxx xx, there's play. Seeing as I'm forcing to game, 4D is the best descriptive call.
April 3, 2012
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Do you play smith? I'm on the J crew. Then I play the ten on the second one - pd will get the position
April 2, 2012
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Henry - I 100% concur with the general strength and shape of my pd.
I expect a balanced 11-14. Game all depends on whether pd has his/her strength in the majors yes?

KQx AQx xxxx xxx and 4M is a good contract

We're vulnerable and game is still possible.
March 21, 2012
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Henry - I don't think I sell to 3C. I believe I double again and pull 3D to 3H
March 21, 2012
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I actually played the hand at the event in question so my answer may be influenced by external factors.
March 12, 2012
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Is slam that good?
March 9, 2012
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@Bob - I only like imps so I chose the DJ :)

I do prefer Majors to minors on leads against NT, but those are the only suits you know the opponents have four of.
March 5, 2012
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@Gordon 1N - 3S is usually a gadget. I've seen 5-5 majors GF and 1-3-5/4 as the two most common flavors.
March 1, 2012
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2D(a) 2H
2S(b) 2N
3S©

a - relay to 2H
b - to tell pd that you don't necessarily have hearts, but have a slam try - relay to 2N
c - I have a solid suit spade slam try - cue bid for me

(note - usually 2S over 2D is a consolidated super accept - It's almost inevitable given this hand - 2N would say - yes I have the heart transfer, any other bid would show the solid suit slam try)
So this auction is likely to go

2D(a) 2S(b)
3S©

a - relay - sometimes but not necessarily a xfer to hearts
b - superaccept of heart xfer
c - I have a solid suit spade slam try - cue bid for me.
Feb. 29, 2012
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FWIW - the auction at the “other” table went 2H P 5D exclusion
Feb. 29, 2012
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Nice concept - You should probably amend it to match what the actual call over 6D was. (The auction shows double, the explanation shows pass). I assume this was Dopie (D0P1…) and of course excluded the AD as a key card…
Feb. 28, 2012
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@Bill - Maybe even take it a step further and bid 4S and then 7H (with confidence of course)

@Arne and Jeff - I don't think a forcing pass situation has been established, so I don't think that applies in this case

And the more modern style says
X = I'm interested in going further
P = I don't have more to show you.

But my pd and I are stuck in the stone ages, so we haven't reached that agreement yet
Feb. 27, 2012
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Over 3S, I bid 4H.
Over 4S, I pass
Feb. 27, 2012
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Thx Jess - fixed
Feb. 26, 2012
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Definitely an enjoyable read.
Feb. 23, 2012
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It's hands like these that make me despair that I'll never be an expert. I confess. I would have led a heart.
Feb. 18, 2012
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@Arne - I'd love to have transfers on in this situation, but I haven't seen a fully fleshed out system with transfers on by responder. Do you have system notes or a link for it?
Feb. 16, 2012
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@Shawn - most of time, your NT structure is well-defined enough that rebids aren't problematic.
A lot of experts will play 3C (or even 2C) as a form of Puppet.
Jan. 25, 2012
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